I honestly thought this might be the weekend in which Star Wars slowed down a bit. And to a degree it did slow down a little.
But in its fourth weekend of release, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is still printing money left and right for the house of mouse, and breaking records in China.
But not to be outdone, “The Revenant” exploded into theatres this weekend, and audiences showed up in droves to see Leonardo DiCaprio brave the elements. The drama expanded into 3,375 theaters and brought in an impressive $38 million, taking second only to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($41.6 million).
Last night, the film won a couple of key Golden Globe awards.By the time next weekend hits, “The Revenant” will likely have several Oscar nominations. Maybe, just maybe mind you, this is finally Leo’s year to win the Oscar. An Award that frankly, he should have won for “The Aviator” more than a decade ago.
Anywho, “The Revenant” also earned a decent “B+” CinemaScore, which should mean good word-of-mouth, so the film should have a healthy box office run at least during award season.
. Finishing in fourth place was the weekend’s only other new wide release, “The Forest,” which had a decent opening, bringing in an estimated $13 million. But with “C” CinemaScore, and mostly negative reviews, don’t expect this movie to stick around for long.
With “The Revenant” exceeding expectation, Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” took a nosedive, dropping 59.6%. To make matters worse, the huge drop comes as the film expanded into 464 additional theaters. The drop shouldn’t be surprising though, as “The Hateful Eight” and “The Revenant” battled for the same audience.
With an estimated $6.3 million weekend “The Hateful Eight” is up to $41.4 million domestically and looking to finish its run with around $50 million or so. Of course, a few Oscar nod might help turn things around…